Our 2014 Season starts with a couple of outstanding films on February 21st. The opening short will be the award-winning animation “sleight of Hand”, which will be presented by the Director, Michael Cusack. Then the classic 1949 musical “On the Town”, one of the all-time greats:
Three sailors on a 24-hour pass — Gabey (Gene Kelly), Chip (Frank Sinatra), and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) — decide to soak up the sights and sounds of New York. Each one finds romance within those 24 hours: Gabey with aspiring dancer Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen), Chip with lady cabbie Hildy Esterhazy (Betty Garrett), and Ozzie with paleontology student Claire Huddesten (Ann Miller). That’s all, right? Wellll….Ivy passes herself off as a celebrity, but she’s actually a kootch dancer in Coney Island. Claire and the boys inadvertently topple a dinosaur replica at the Museum of Anthropological History. And Hildy breaks any number of speeding laws attempting to get the lovers together and straighten out all misunderstandings. Adapted from the Broadway musical by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Leonard Bernstein, On the Town is one of the freshest, most exhilarating musicals turned out by the old MGM regime. The stars’ verve and camaraderie are contagious, and the songs are staged by legendary musical director Stanley Donen and Kelly himself with wit and innovation. Highlights include the opening “New York, New York” number, shot on location and flat-cutting from one image to another at a dizzying pace, and Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen’s “”Miss Turnstyles Ballet.”
As this is our first screening for the year, we are offering wine and cheese from 7 pm, and again in the break between the short and the main film. Members are of course urged to attend and all members of the public are most welcome to attend. Friday February 21st at the Faith Wine Centre.